NYS Invasive Species Council

In August 2007, Governor Spitzer signed Chapter 674 of the Laws of 2007 creating a new Title 17 of the NY Environmental Conservation Law, the NYS Invasive Species Council Act, establishing the New York Invasive Species Council and an Invasive Species Advisory Committee to assess "the nature, scope and magnitude of the environmental, ecological, agricultural, economic, recreational, and social impacts caused by invasive species in the state" and to identify and coordinate actions to prevent, control, and manage invasive species. Title 17 was amended by the Legislature in 2008 (Laws of New York, 2008 Chapter 26, Environmental Conservation Law Title 17).

Council Membership

The Council is co-chaired by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) and consists of nine members:

  • Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Commissioner of Transportation
  • Commissioner of Education
  • Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Secretary of State
  • Chair of the New York State Thruway Authority
  • Director of the New York State Canal Corporation
  • Chair of the Adirondack Park Agency

Council Responsibilities


Council Meeting Minutes


The 2011 NYS Invasive Species Management Strategy (PDF, 2.15MB) supports the need to implement the 12 recommendations developed in the 2005 Invasive Species Task Force report to the Governor and Legislature. The Task Force further recommended that the State adopt the National Invasive Species Council's federal model for the development of an adaptive, statewide invasive species management plan.

Additional Invasive Species Council Reports and Documents

Invasive Species Council Report


This report recommends a regulatory system for preventing the importation and/or release of non-native species. It would create the first-ever official lists of invasive species for New York State. It will evaluate the potential ecological invasivity and socio-economic impacts of select plant species nonnative to New York State by employing standardized ecological invasivity assessment tools for up to 50 nonnative plant species and socio-economic assessment tools for up to 175 nonnative plant species. in addition, the potential ecological invasivity and socio-economic impacts of select animal species nonnative to New York State will also be evaluated using standardized invasivity and socio-economic assessment tools for up to 200 nonnative animal species.